Salford boss Gary Bowyer is hoping his side will bounce back against Tranmere on Saturday, after losing to fellow playoff hopefuls Bolton midweek.

The Ammies go into the away game at Prenton Park having narrowly lost 1-0 to the in-form third-placed Bolton side on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the loss, which left Salford four points outside the playoffs, Bowyer said: “In terms of performance it’s probably been the best since I’ve been here but I think like you say lots for us to be positive and take forward into our next game.

 “Six games to go and I hope we only go game by game, and obviously there’s a hell of a lot of football left to play.”

The match this weekend is against another side occupying a playoff place, but fifth-placed Tranmere haven’t won any of their last six games.

Salford have gained seven points from a possible fifteen over the tricky Easter period, with veteran striker Ian Henderson scoring three in his last five games.

Henderson, 36, will be hoping to continue this form against a Tranmere side that has leaked eight goals in their last five games.

Meanwhile, for Tranmere, journeyman striker James Vaughan will be the main source of problems for Salford’s defence. He has scored 18 goals so far this campaign, so Ammies goalkeeper Hladky will have to be alert in order to add to his 17 clean sheets in the league this season.

For Salford, losing this match would likely mean the side is resigned to spending another season in League Two, as the race for playoffs is slipping away from Bowyer’s side.

A win, however, would propel the side to within a point of the top seven with five games of the season left, and give them some much-needed momentum before another away trip to Walsall on Tuesday night.

Saturday’s match has been brought forward to a 12:30 kick-off to avoid clashing with the funeral of Prince Phillip, and supporters can purchase a virtual ticket for the match here.


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